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Partridge Berry in purple basket Partridge berry in wicker basket Gaultheria procumbens or Checkerberries Gaultheria procumbens or partridge berry plants delivered as gifts Partridge Berry
Partridge Berry in purple basket

Partridge Berry

These cute gaultheria procumbens are also known as checkerberry, Patridge berry or tea berry plants and are an attractive garden plant producing large red berries in mid winter. Used traditionally to make a herbal tea the colourful berries taste too bitter to eat on their own but they make a stunning winter display when there is little other colour around.
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Perfect for a doorstep or to brighten a border, these cute low growing berry plants will be delivered with plenty of ripe and ripening berries, just as pictured.
20cm+ in 2L pot
Care Instrictions

These instructions are sent with the plant gift

Looking after your Partridge Berry

Gaultheria procumbens have many common names including Partridge Berry, wintergreen, Boxberry, Checkerberry, Squawberry and teaberry.

PLEASE NOTE these berries are not edible and will cause discomfort if consumed.

They are hardy low growing shrubs with leathery evergreen leaves and pretty red berries in winter. Long term they are best planted out in the garden where they can grow as large as a metre across but they can also be kept and enjoyed in a pot on a patio or doorstep.

Whilst in a pot, keep your plant well watered, the compost should feel wet to touch. Don’t let it dry out, or run out of water.

They are not too fussy about soil type but do best in a damp part-shaded position and because they are always quite low growing they work well underneath tall planters and trees. They are very hardy plants and are not worried even about reasonably hard frosts.

The bright red berries should last the whole festive season and well into the new year but when they start to shrivel up might choose to trim them off to make way for a fresh crop of flowers in the new year. In the spring, your plant can be re potted in a larger pot with suitable compost and planted out into a flowerbed or even a rockery.

Over time your plant can grow into quite substantial bushes and they can be clipped into a hedge or neat topiary shapes or allowed to form a more naturally looking bush.